10 minutes with Justin Fantl

Interviews with Photographers April 25, 2011 8:14 am

When did you first know that you wanted to be a photographer?

I can’t really remember when I feel like I wasn’t a photographer.  Cameras were always around when I was growing up and before I was taught how to operate a camera I was using them as toys or props in various backyard adventures.  I was fortunate to do a lot of traveling with my family and my father was always pictures so I started to learn from a young age.  It probably wasn’t until a term abroad in India during junior year of college that I had an epiphany of sorts, and realized that photography held a deep importance to  me and was something that I wanted to devote myself to.


Justin Fantl

Justin Fantl

Justin Fantl

Justin Fantl

 

How can an editor be most helpful when giving you an assignment?

Hmmmmm. . .sort of depends on the shoot.  Getting a clear objective and line of communication is the most important no matter what.  Knowing that they trust you “do your thing” (being true to your own vision),  while being clear about the key aspects of the shot list makes things easier.  With location work you are often thrown curve balls and sometimes having an editor call in can help get the access or shot that you are looking for, but may not be able to negotiate on your own.  For studio still-life shoots, I have enjoyed having the editor on set because it becomes more of a direct collaboration or conversation.  You can work with them in real-time and they can even get their hands dirty too, if so inclined!!

 

Justin Fantl

Justin Fantl

Justin Fantl

Justin Fantl

 

What do you think the future of photography looks like?

The future of photography.  Big question!  As a society we need images. We live in a highly visual world and it follows that we need to constantly feed that necessity.  I think that people with a strong vision that make highly crafted and intelligent images will have work. The model is changing but that is fine.  Nothing wrong with change.  People digest so, so many images a day and it would be nice to slow that down.  I love standing in front of a picture or looking in a book and letting myself sink into that world.  In a commercial sense we just don’t do this so the idea of a photographer is changing.  There are now multiple ways to interact with the medium and it is important to be facile with a multitude of aspects which kind of makes you more art director or creative than exclusively a photographer.

 

Justin Fantl

Justin Fantl

Justin Fantl

Justin Fantl

 

Any words of wisdom for the up and comers?

Shoot, Shoot, Shoot.  Be authentic.  Don’t assume anything.  Put your work out there.  Ask questions.  Listen.  Contribute.

 

Justin Fantl

Justin Fantl

Justin Fantl

Justin Fantl

 

(Justin is based in New York. See more of his work, here)

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